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Who is Mary Barra in 83 Seconds?

January 12, 2015 3:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Watch CNN explain Mary Barra and her journey to become the CEO of GM in just 83 seconds.                                               

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The Next Housing Solution Could Be 3D Printing

January 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What Wikipedia did for information, Alastair Parvin and his colleagues hope the WikiHouse Foundation will do for house building by opening up architectural design plans to everyone and allowing people to 3D print materials to build a house.   

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Navy Turns to Private Contractors for Submarine Maintenance

January 12, 2015 2:25 pm | by Michael Melia, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With U.S. attack submarines sidelined by extended delays at government shipyards, the Navy is turning to private companies to perform more of the maintenance work on the nuclear-powered vessels.                

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Fiat Chrysler Looks to Add 1,500 Jobs in Italian Factory

January 12, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says "extremely positive" results for sales of the new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X will allow the automaker to add 1,500 new jobs in Italy.                         

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Q&A: Communications on the Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings.           

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Should the Texan Earthquakes Speed Up Fracking Regulations Talk?

January 12, 2015 1:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their boots.

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Obama Seeks Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy

January 12, 2015 1:53 pm | by Julie Pace, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

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Nitrogen Leak at LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 11:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul.                                     

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Weekend Marked by Good News, Bad News for SpaceX

January 12, 2015 11:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

SpaceX had an eventful weekend, with a disappointing crash landing of a supply ship on Saturday and a successful delivery of groceries and Christmas gifts to the International Space Station on Monday morning.            

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Photo of the Day: GM's Newest Environmentally Friendly Addition

January 12, 2015 10:41 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Take a look at GM's newest electric car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                        

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Why U.S. Inflation Stays Low While Job Growth Surges

January 12, 2015 10:10 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response. But that isn't happening, and economists are struggling to explain the phenomenon.     

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VW, Ford Take Top Awards at Detroit Auto Show

January 12, 2015 10:03 am | by Jeff Karoub & Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

This is the 22nd year for the awards at the Detroit Auto show, and this year the awards were given to Ford for the North American Truck of the Year and VW for the North American Car of the Year.                

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Nissan Introduces New Titan Pickup with Diesel Engine

January 12, 2015 9:49 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2016 Titan has a new Cummins diesel engine that Nissan says will give the truck the power and capability of a heavy-duty truck at the price of a light-duty one. Ford and GM don't offer diesels on their light-duty trucks. Chrysler's Ram does, but Nissan's Cummins V8 diesel is more powerful than Ram's V6, and can tow more.

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Pillsbury Plant Closure to Put 400 Employees Out of Work

January 12, 2015 9:41 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

General Mills continues its layoffs with another plant closure, this time one of its Pillsbury facilities.                                         

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Report Forecasts Tepid Recovery for Europe's Industrial Economy

January 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | Articles | Comments

A recent analysis from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation suggests a European economic recovery has been "sapped by a paucity of fiscal impulses and near-absence of centrally managed monetary stimulus."       

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Microsoft Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

January 9, 2015 1:47 pm | by Sanjay Ravi | Articles | Comments

The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data - the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things.                                         

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Photo of the Day: President Obama Turns to TN

January 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Take a look at IMPO's photo of the day, featuring the President as he begins his travels promoting some very big announcements that will directly effect the manufacturing sector.                  

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The Big Winners and Losers in a World With Cheap Oil

January 9, 2015 11:56 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Oil prices have continued their descent in the face of a global supply glut. PwC's UK head of oil and gas told Bloomberg the winners and losers of cheap oil are becoming increasingly clear.                 

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3 Executives Charged in WV Chemical Spill Plead Not Guilty

January 9, 2015 11:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three executives charged in a chemical spill last January in West Virginia pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.                                     

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Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye to 2014 With Job Cuts

January 9, 2015 11:41 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As you sip that ice-cold Coca-Cola, the workers who helped manufacture it are worrying about losing their jobs. Just this morning, Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs throughout the next few months in an effort to help trim costs.

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